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Jun 10, 2010 01:43 PM

Japanese River Crabs?

Does anyone know anywhere in L.A. that serves these? A friend, whose taste I trust, was recently in Las Vegas and had an appetizer of Japanese River Crabs at a restaurant called Sushi Samba - apparently a small chain, Japanese / Brazillian. He says that they were fantastic. I won't be in Las Vegas anytime soon, but I'd like to try some. Anybody know anywhere? Thanks.

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  1. If you are talking about the teeny tiny crabs (sawagani) that are deep fried, they had them at Asanebo a couple of months ago. They were delicious! I would call to make sure they still have them.

    11941 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604

    1. Hi estone888,

      They used to be served (delicious!) at the now defunct Kaiseki-version of Kagura. :( Nice to hear that Asanebo had them (thanks to Bombay). It's definitely a supply / seasonal thing, as the multiple times I went to Asanebo, we never saw them. Good luck.

      1. If you're talking sawagani crabs, R23 used to have them all the time. Kiriko has them as well.

        11301 W Olympic Blvd Ste 102, Los Angeles, CA 90064

        923 E. 3rd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90013

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        1. re: J.L.

          I saw the little crabs at Kiriko a few weeks ago. I would have ordered them, but I was already stuffed.

          11301 W Olympic Blvd Ste 102, Los Angeles, CA 90064

          1. re: Jwsel

            Aw c'mon... There always enough room for river crab!

          2. re: J.L.

            Just went to Kiriko last night, and had me some fine fried sawagani! Their kinmedai was in season, and sublime. The SD uni was fantastic as well. Kiriko is amazng.

            11301 W Olympic Blvd Ste 102, Los Angeles, CA 90064

          3. Thanks all. I'll call around and see what I can find out, then report back after consuming some. They are the sawagani crabs.

            1. Sushi Iki regularly has live sawagani. Chef Eddie fries them up nice and crisp. Very tasty.

              Sushi Iki
              18663 Ventura Blvd Ste 106, Tarzana, CA 91356

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              1. re: wakko11

                what else at sushi iki is good?

                1. re: kevin

                  i think they have those tiny crabs at Kazu in studio city also.